MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got slammed on social media on Tuesday afternoon after penning a Washington Post op-ed that concluded that President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE was a greater threat to the country "than any foreign adversary," including terror groups like al Qaeda.
The blowback directed at the former GOP congressman and staunch Trump critic comes as the country marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when about 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
"The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could," Scarbrough concluded in his piece.
The reaction on social media and particularly Twitter was swift, with some returning to previous criticism that Scarborough helped to elevate Trump's candidacy during the 2016 campaign by offering regular interviews via phone that some critics deemed too friendly.
What's it like to know you spent years helping elevate someone that you now say is more dangerous than 9/11 terrorists, Joe? https://t.co/IMW7Xk674h— Ben (@BenHowe) September 11, 2018
It's a good thing to keep an open mind, but not so much that your brains fall out. Reckless hyperbole like this, by the way, is one of the reasons Trump won in 2016. https://t.co/8dXvXfwimA— David Martosko (@dmartosko) September 11, 2018
I’d like you to say this in front of a few families of firemen who ran into those burning buildings to save people and never came home. See how that goes.— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) September 11, 2018
This is sick. This is deranged. Joe Scarborough should hang his disturbed head in shame and he should resign from public life forever after this shameful analogy. This coward is an embarrassment to himself, his network, and anyone who claims him. https://t.co/RsBWg1Q8t5— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 11, 2018
No matter your opinion on who is in the White House, this is grotesque. Stop. https://t.co/fI3XT4Gjcb— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 11, 2018
The fact he continues to get away with this act after the way he lapdogged Trump & basically handed his show over to him is a disgrace and using 9/11 is just gross. https://t.co/nTnqqkR3AF— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 11, 2018
Scarborough responded by stating he'll read the column again and "think about whether I could have said the same thing in a way less offensive to Trump supporters on September 11th," but his comment did not calm the ire on Twitter.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the tweet generated more than 1,000 responses but only 30 retweets.
On September 11th, I’ll read the column again and think about whether I could have said the same thing in a way less offensive to Trump supporters on September 11th.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2018
"As a [New York City] firefighter I detest every word you wrote! You will never understand what it’s like to lose 343 of your brothers in one day. U should truly be ashamed you wrote this," one person responded.
"[Your] article was an insult to all Americans not just Trump Supporters. You completely miss the point that on September 11 we put aside our differences to honor the dead," wrote another.
You’re article was an insult to all Americans not just Trump Supporters. You completely miss the point that on September 11 we put aside our differences to honor the dead.— charmander (@Charmander_AMPC) September 11, 2018
Weekly Standard writer Jeryl Bier called Scarborough's op-ed "provocative for being provocative" and "freaking stupid," which prompted a response from the "Morning Joe" host.
"Jeryl, you’re a great example for all of us—especially me today. Many have been offended by a tweet I sent out earlier re: my @washingtonpost article. Even if they did not read the article, I should have shown more care on the tweet’s wording and the column’s conclusion," Scarborough wrote in response.
Jeryl, you’re a great example for all of us—especially me today. Many have been offended by a tweet I sent out earlier re: my @washingtonpost article. Even if they did not read the article, I should have shown more care on the tweet’s wording and the column’s conclusion. https://t.co/A7zJR38JiC— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2018
Scarborough left the Republican party in 2017 in protest of Trump.
He and co-host Mika Brzezinski last had Trump on "Morning Joe" in May 2016 and have since traded Twitter blows with him and criticized him often on their morning program.